Check what Debian version you are running on your Linux system -


The easiest way on how to check what Debian version you are running is to simply read a content of /etc/issue file. Example:

root@debian:~# cat /etc/issue
Debian GNU/Linux 9 \n \l

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Martin Waidhuba

Hi Team,
I’m unable to run Eclipse on debian SId(unstable)despite having the latest jdk (8)



Thanks. IT worked for me to upgrade from debian 9 to debian buster testing release on my latop.



Try cat /proc/version

I could not get lsb-release to install on Squeeze. Python is too advanced.


Lubos Rendek Mod -> Wazza65

cat /proc/version will provide you with a kernel version. However, this article aims to check for a Debian system version.